What to See at London Design Festival 2015

If you follow me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) you will know that I am privileged to be launching my first product collection with infamous Designersblock at the London Design Festival this September 24th – 27th.

Julia Jacob Designs' london design festival banner as seen on The Product Edit

The exhibition will be held at OXO Tower Wharf, on the South Bank. I will be in “Room H” in the Bargehouse Building (second floor).  If you’re coming to the festival please come and say hello! Register for your free tickets here.

I will be exhibiting a long tray (photo below has three of them stacked), a bird feeder in two sizes, and a letter rack in the shape of the four highest peaks in Great Britain. Each of them has an element of traditional craft but they are contemporary and angular in design. See my full spiel on www.artsthread.com

Julia Jacob Designs as seen on The Product Edit

Now! On to my article…

I usually stick to one product but instead I’m going to show you guys a couple of things that I’m definitely going to go and see while I’m at the festival next week.


Plants Out of Place

This project asks us to re-consider the value of weeds. Why are they considered undesirable? What role do they play in society? Do they have medicinal / ecological / visual benefits? I’m gonna guess ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’.

Queens Park.

Plants Out Of Place as seen on The Product Edit

Plants Out Of Place as seen on The Product Edit

Plants Out Of Place as seen on The Product Edit

Plants Out Of Place as seen on The Product Edit

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Sophie Southgate

Sophie takes her creative cues from landscapes and pares them back to basic geometric shapes to inform her ceramic pieces.

OXO Tower Wharf, on the South Bank. Sept 24th – 27th.

Sophie Southgate as seen on The Product Edit

Sophie Southgate as seen on The Product Edit

Sophie Southgate as seen on The Product Edit

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Paul Antonio Scribe

Antonio will be playing with scale during demonstrations and workshops to show us humble humans the possibilities in different tools and materials, people will be encouraged to join in. Yes please!

These events will be held at lots different places and times, see the link after the video…

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Serif TV

Serif TV is Samsung’s new venture with the Bouroullec brothers. I have never seen a more beautiful telly, it really is a world away from every other television design I’ve seen. They said that Samsung must have hated them at times so kudos to both sides for sticking with it. The visuals don’t stop outside, the whole menu and program guide system has been designed to integrate with the aesthetic as a whole.

The River Rooms, Somerset House. For the duration of the festival.

Serif TV as seen on The Product Edit. ©Studio Bouroullec

Serif TV as seen on The Product Edit. ©Studio Bouroullec

Serif TV as seen on The Product Edit. ©Studio Bouroullec

Serif TV as seen on The Product Edit. ©Studio Bouroullec

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Restoration Station

A shop / workshop / social enterprise that restores furniture. In their words “We… help people through their recovery from addiction… giving opportunities to learn new skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of reviving furniture.” I’m so into this. If I ever move to London I will definitely volunteer here.

118 Shoreditch High St – 24th-25th September.

Restoration Station as seen on The Product Edit

Restoration Station as seen on The Product Edit

Restoration Station as seen on The Product Edit

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Tokyo Bike

Organised by Design Junction with transport provided by Tokyo Bike. I’ve always tried to book a tour but the timings have never quite worked out so far. I think 2015 is my year! Feeling Damn Good here!

Katie Treggiden | Thursday 24th September 10am – 1pm
Vicky Richardson | Friday 25th September 10am – 1pm
Mathew Hilton | Saturday 26th September 10am – 1pm

Tokyo Bike as seen on The Product Edit

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Make Your Mark

Luna & Curious, a favourite shop of mine, is celebrating all things handmade this year (which fits in well with their product range) with workshops of mark making, pinch pot building, and nail art!

19th-27th September. 24 – 26 Calvert Avenue.

Luna & Curious as seen on The Product Edit

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Oh my god, I don’t think I’ll get to do all that while manning my own showcase! I’ll find out if they have late openings.

Are you exhibiting this year? Where!? Lets meet up!


Image Credits: Julia Jacob Designs / Plants Out Of Place /

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Hand Painted Wooden Leaves

Designer: Julia Jacob

These bright leaves are the summer version of my Brisith Isles and Ireland leaves from the “Native Series”.

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

They are a bit larger than you’d expect from seeing these photos, my eyes want to assume that the rings are keyrings, but they’re about half a keyring bigger than that and much nicer – brass! The leaves are being hand painted in block colours on the reverse of the etchings shown.

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

They are designed and made in Britain and can be bought online as a set of all six, or as individual leaves (painted or unpainted). The previous, winter version of these leaves are all natural wood, untreated and are on sale.

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

The “Native Series” is going to be ongoing, with each edition specific to a different world region. Sunny Australia has been suggested to me as the next region from a lovely customer living in Melbourne. I think there would be some great shapes there!

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

To me its important to respect and encourage the native species wherever you’re from. I grew up in Ireland and live and work in the Lake District, UK so I started with the trees that I grew up with, know, and love; oak, ash, beech, yew, hawthorn, and holly.

What do you think – would you like to see an Aussie edition? Or where else, are there any cool plants from your country?!

Image Credits: Julia Jacob Designs

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The Julia Jacob Designs’ shop is open!

Today is the day. The Julia Jacob Designs’ online shop is open and looking sharp, I’ve flung the doors open, and I am ready to show you these pretty little things, designed and made by me in Britain.

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The decorations come in two forms; a bauble and a snowflake. I laser cut them (pew pew, lasers!) out of birch wood from a timber yard in Manchester. They are secured with natural leather cord, ready to hang by the fireplace or on your Christmas tree. You can get each shape in three different sizes to suit you and your home.

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The next product is a set of six wooden coasters. The design closely follows that of the snowflake decorations and were made in the same way, in the North West. They have been treated with dry wood oil to be resistant to stains and heat marks.

Birch Snowflake Coasters - Julia Jacob Designs

If you like this sneak peek follow the ‘Shop’ link at www.juliajacobdesigns.co.uk to see the full collection; prices start from £3 sterling.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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